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“The staff who treated me saved my life”

A cancer patient has donated more than £1,000 as a thank you for life-saving treatment.

Heather Brown was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in June 2015. This was successfully removed but cancerous cells were later found in her lungs resulting in another nine months of chemotherapy which controlled the growth.

Heather hasn’t had any chemotherapy for the past year and a half but is still scanned every three months for any signs of growth. She describes herself as ‘being in remission’.  

Heather fundraised just over £1,000 for Poole Hospital Cancer Treatment Trust (PHCTT). The funds were raised with her friend Karen Ward who arranged a number of fundraising activities including raffles, a name the teddy bear competition and a tin on the bar at the Wareham Conservative Club, of which Karen is the secretary.  

Further funds were raised by donations from the club’s committee and members who Heather describes as having supported the events ‘wholeheartedly’.

“The staff who treated me saved my life and I wanted to give something back”, said Heather.

“Everyone who treated me was marvellous and they always had smiles on their faces.

“It was so nice to come back down to the hospital to see where the money will go.”

Heather and Karen contacted Stuart Dean, chairman of PHCTT, and the money was put towards the charity’s scanner appeal. 

“We depend completely on public donations from people like Heather so I’m very happy that we’ve received this kind and very valuable donation,” said Stuart.

“More and more people are contacting us about raising money for the hospital from the three peaks challenge to jumping out of a plane.

“Our charity committee agreed that funding this department would be an extremely worthy cause.”

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